A nice pair of Clarks® Desert Boots would last through the years, and with rubber soles, they gave you the added advantage of being able to sneak in the house really late after the watershed patrol chased everyone out of Loch Raven.
It's desert boots that I thought of when I saw this article about the oldest shoe ever located. It seems to be suede, and was found in Armenia, and radiocarbon dating testing shows the shoe to be 5,500 years old - older than Betty White and Dick Van Dyke combined!
|"Could I see it in a black, size 7?"|
This old winery caused quite a Ripple of interest, if you dig it.
The shoe is roughly the size of a current woman's size 5, maybe a 6 if you stretch it first, but no one, male or female, would probably wish to slip it on because, well, because the very substance that preserved the leather this long was...several layers of sheep dung.
You can strap on your Nikes and go see the shoe at the History Museum of Armenia. Don't be sheepish about it!